March 7, 2014
RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada sophomore Yawen Li has qualified for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship set for Mar. 20-22 at the University of Minnesota. Li will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM.
“After missing last year’s NCAA Championship by just a few tenths, Yawen made qualifying for this year’s NCAA Championship one of our her primary goals,” Nevada head coach Abby Steketee said. “Achieving that goal took tremendous hard work and determination on Yawen’s part, as well as phenomenal support from her teammates. Our team is proud to have Wolf Pack presence at the NCAA Championship for two consecutive years and I am excited about what Yawen will learn competing at the Championship as just a sophomore.”
Li won the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM at the Mountain West Championship and placed second in the 200-yard IM. She set school records in all three events this season; 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.15), 200-yard IM (1:59.16) and 400-yard IM (4:07.09). In the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM she set MW Championship records.
The 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM school records she broke this season were improvements on the records she set last year. The 200-yard IM school record she broke was previously held by Olympian Lise Mackie set back in 1997.
Nevada divers Grace Huang, Stephanie Hansen and Krysta Palmer will attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championship at the NCAA Diving Zone Championship being host at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Mar. 13-15
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